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2022 July 12th Dinner Meeting - 1.5 PDUs - VIRTUAL ONLINE

2022 July 12th Dinner Meeting - 1.5 PDUs - VIRTUAL ONLINE

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Be a Superior Project Manager in the Real World

Speaker: David R. Shostak

Title: Sr. Program Manager, Commercial and Aerospace Instructor

Company: CALTECH

July 12, 2022 

Presentation Description

Being a Leader is a Noble Profession…Not easy, but worth it…Something worth it often doesn't come easy. Project managers must work with a team of people from various departments. This means you need to be a superior people leader, which is critical to having a successful project. Do you feel conflict surrounds you? Do you wish people are easier to read? Have you seen enough communication issues? Do you want to get the best out of your team?

Come to the dinner meeting to collect and add tools to your toolbox. In this session, you will learn: 

  1. Superior people skills – How to let people know you care? How to earn people's trust? Ways to resolve conflicts and more.
  2. Advanced communication skills – Learn top-notch communication skills and receive real-time feedback on your communication skills.
  3. A better understanding of yourself – Most importantly, you will walk away with an additional view of yourself and understand your communication strengths and weaknesses.

Speaker Bio(s)

David R. Shostak, PMP, ATP; Senior Program Manager; 40 years program management experience in Commercial and Aerospace and instructor for CALTECH

David Shostak is a world-class senior program manager with versatile and dynamic leadership team building, interpersonal, and team motivation skills. He has led every aspect of high technology programs, engineering, marketing management, business development, and system engineering programs. He has over 40 years of experience in many technical diversified fields. A developer of program plans, market strategy, analysis, marketing roadmap development, and documentation for product plans. He has presented to senior business executives, government officials, and three-star generals. Mr. Shostak has focused on worldwide product launches, including interaction with European, Mideast, and Asian counterparts.

Mr. Shostak is one of the fathers of GPS for vehicle navigation. He led a team of people, drove handheld consumer products to market, and made Oprah Winfrey's Favorite Things List. Mr. Shostak also led the team for the first one-meter dish antenna for Hughes Aircraft, which later became the Dish TV antenna.

He is a highly accomplished professional and has authority in public speaking. Mr. Shostak wrote a book called "Project Management in the Real World…Explaining all the nonsense about Project Management in Plain English." His book is about real-world Project Management, People Skills, and, Leadership.

David holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y., and an MBA from Pepperdine University. He has been a Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2006 and an Accredited Training Partner (ATP) from PMI. He is an instructor for Caltech for Project Management, Advanced Communication, and System Engineering courses.


This session will be delivered via online webinar. The link will be sent to all registered attendees on the Tuesday before the dinner meeting begins. 


5:30 p.m. - Registration & Networking (in-person event only)
6:00 p.m. - Dinner (in-person event only)
6:00 p.m. - Program Starts
6:40 p.m. - Speaker Presentation (1.5 PDUs)
8:45 p.m. - Meeting Adjourned



Registration Deadline: Must register before noon on day of event.

PDUs: 1.5 - Power Skills (formerly Leadership) 

For online registrations, we accept only credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express using PayPal) and payment must be paid in full at the time of registration. For walk-in registrations, we accept cash and checks only. If you register for an event online and receive an error message or are unsure if something is wrong, please send an email to as soon as possible

Cancellation Policy

Reservations must be canceled no later than 10 pm PST two days prior to the event in order to receive a refund. All cancellations (including duplicate registrations) are subject to a 10% Administrative Fee. To cancel, send an email to and include your name and the event. pdf Click here (14 KB) to view the PMI-OC Event Registration and Cancellation Policy in its entirety.


Event Properties

Event Date 07-12-2022 6:00 pm
Event End Date 07-12-2022 8:45 pm
Registration Start Date 06-02-2022 12:00 pm
Cut off date 07-12-2022 12:00 pm
Individual Price $20.00
Location Online